John Muir Health Hires New Chief Information Security Officer

Walnut Creek, Calif. (PRWEB) May 14, 2015

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, John Muir Health in Walnut Creek, Calif., has hired Thomas August as chief information security officer. A skilled information security executive with more than 20 years of experience, August assumed his new duties on April 13.

Thomas is a highly collaborative leader who brings a proven track record of developing strategic IT risk management plans, said Jon Russell, senior vice president and chief information officer at John Muir Health. We are pleased to have someone with his extensive IT experience and regulatory knowledge joining our executive team.

Formerly, August served as director of information security at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, Calif. In this role, he provided strategic leadership for the systems information security program which covered 16,000 employees across seven hospitals, two medical groups, a health plan and a variety of shared services. He also held IT security leadership positions at Sony Corporation of America (SCA) and Pacific Life Insurance Company.

John Muir Health was seeking a highly collaborative leader in the information security field with a history of successfully leading system-wide risk assessment and security awareness programs, said Mick Ruel, vice president of executive search for B. E. Smith, the healthcare executive search firm who conducted the nationwide CISO recruitment for John Muir Health. Thomas experience and leadership style were the perfect fit.

Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

About John Muir Health

John Muir Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care organization east of San Francisco serving patients in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of more than 1,000 primary care and specialty physicians, more than 5,500 employees, medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, including Contra Costa Countys only trauma center, and a Behavioral Health Center. John Muir Health also has partnerships with San Ramon Regional Medical Center, UCSF Medical Center and Stanford Children’s Health. The health system offers a full-range of medical services, including primary care, outpatient and imaging services, and is widely recognized as a leader in many specialties neurosciences, orthopedic, cancer, cardiovascular, trauma, emergency, pediatrics and high-risk obstetrics care. For more information, visit

About B. E. Smith:

Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service healthcare executive search firm and the top-ranked provider of senior-level leadership services including Interim Leadership, Executive Search and Advisory Services. Veteran healthcare recruiters and regional healthcare experts partner with each client to create customized solutions. B. E. Smiths proven methodology has resulted in the recent placement of more than 900 leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. The firm utilizes a comprehensive sourcing strategy incorporating the latest marketing techniques, association partnerships, social networking and one of the largest databases of skilled senior-level healthcare executives in the industry to deliver immediate results in todays complex healthcare environment. For more information, visit or call 855-254-8261.

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